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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Taking the time to make a difference--- Finding companions in a small worl It's a small world! That's what the newspaper headline reported in emphatic terms. The story in the paper was about some of the mem- bers of my family -- but.I am will- ing to bet that something similar has happened to you, at some time in your life. Here is the story. My sister and her husband -- Rita and Harry -- live in a small town near St. Louis, in southern Illinois. They, along with my brother and his wife, recently took a vacation to the southwestern United States. The two couples went to Arizona. Rita told me all about the trip. She also wrote the article that appeared in her home town paper. The two couples visited Prescott, Arizona. They also toured the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. They stopped in to see an uncle in Mesa. They also decided to venture briefly into Mexico. That's where they found the first installment of their "small world" story. In Nogales, Mexico, more than a thousand miles from home, they met another couple from their home town. Back in Arizona at the historic San Xavier Mission in Tucscon, they met the same peo- ple again. Neither couple had been aware of the By PAUL R. LEINGANG EDITOR other's plans, until their chance meetings. Rita reflected on a passage she had read in the book, Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis. She said, "People will travel far from home to see new sights but when they meet someone from home, they talk of nothing but home!" * * When I heard the story, I immedi- ately thought about the time I met a family "from home" in Kingston, Jamaica. They spotted me because I .was wearing a tee shirt with the name of my hometown on it. * * * David Thomas and Mary Joyce Calnan have written a set of four books, along with a series of articles, entitled, "Catechism of the Catholic Church: A Family Perspective." In writing about the sacrament of Confirmation, they make a distinction between a "journey" and a "trip." "On a trip we go and come back, whereas on a journey we go... and continue going. A journey is often a lot longer and a lot more difficult than we first expect. "On a trip the excitement of the open road can readily give way to tedium, and we can be tempted to turn back. A journey too can be even more te- dious, to the point where we even thinking of trying to The Christian life of our faithfulness is shown in going forward in spite of difficulty' tial part of the real world of the  Talk with family or friends What trips have you taken? Where your journey in life? what identifies you? How connect you with your place when have you met trip? Or on your journey as a Take the time this week to learn other's journey. Perhaps a new family your parish, or a new person has been confirmed in your church. Welco me into your home for a meal. ::: r Give each other strength fo fort of traveling together home." You can make the else, when you take the time to (Catechism of the Catholic spective is published by lies, Tabor Publishing, Allen, Questions and comments tian Family Movement, P.O. 50010. --.--. WashingtOn Letter College students are not buying proposed cuts in financial By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS)- Trinity College President Pa- tricia McGuire knows all about student loans. And not just be, cause 80 percent of her stu- dents rely on them. "I'm a student-loan baby too, and I'm proud of it," she said at an April 5 rally for college loans on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The president of the women's Catholic college in Washington said her immi- grant grandparents would "marvel at the success" she achieved, but she claims it was only possible through the fi- nancial aid that got her through law school. She likewise wondered how many members of Congress had relied upon student aid. A case in point is House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., according to one student's sign, The MESSAGE 4200 N. Kentucky Ave. Evansville, IN 47720-0169 Weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville Published weeldy exCept last week in December by the Catholic Press of Evansville Pudasher ........... BcJlop Gerald & Czge EVtor ............................................ Paul Leingang Production Manager ........................... Pffi Boger CiroJlation ................................... Amy Housman hdverlising. ................................... Paul Newland" Stafff writer ............................ Mary/h'tn Hughes Address all communications to P.O. Box 4189, Evansville, IN 47724-0169 (812) 424-5536 Fax: (812) 421-1334 Subscription rate: $15.00 per year Single Copy Price: $.50 Entered as 2nd class matter at the post office in Evansville, IN 47701. Publica- tion number 843800. Postmaster: Return POD forms 3579 to Office of PubhCatton Copydgtl[ 1995 Ca Press of Evansville ii "Newt, you took a student loan, why can't I?" Nearly 200 students rallied against a proposal on student financial aid cuts being dis- cussed by Republicans in Con- gress, including the proposed elimination of a subsidy that allows 4.5 million low-income students to avoid paying inter- est on their loans while in col- lege. Under the current federal student loan program, qualify- ing students do not have to pay interest on their loans while they are in school and for up to six months after they gradu- ate. According to Gingrich, the interest they aren't paying equals just "two CDs (compact discs) a month," or $21. But hold on, says Dominic Perri, a graduate student at the University of Maryland. He'd like to know where the House Speaker "buys his CDs" and "where he got his num- bers." For a graduate student, he said, the loss of the interest exemption could increase loan payments by as much as $110 a month, Rep. Bill Goodling, R-Pa., who heads the House Eco- nomic and Educational Oppor- tunities Committee, has called the subsidy "tough to justify." And he says abolishing it will save $12.4 billion in over five years at a cost of "pennies a month" to the borrowing stu- dents. To Brian Bickerstaff, a ju- nior at The Catholic University of America, cutting the subsidy would add up to more than pennies. The drama major, who claims he receives "every possible form of financial aid," works 35 hours a week to pay his bills while taking a full course load and starring in the school's drama productions. Bickerstaff, a Bronx, N.Y., native, is the first in his family to go to college. He said his di- vorced father did not leave any money for his education, but to attend Catholic high school he at least was able to get a par- tial scholarship while his mother worked extra hard to pay the rest of the tuition. "When it comes down to money, if I had it, I wouldn't be on financial aid," he told Catholic News Service. "And when they say, we should be willing to work the hours (to pay more), I already do!" At Catholic University, 73 percent of its undergraduates receive some form of federal fi- nancial aid. Although members of Con- gress proposing the cuts say they do not intend to make changes to other forms of school loans, students are not reassured. Gingrich has criti- cized Pell grants, federal need- based grants, and a House Budget Committee document has suggested possible cuts in work-study programs for stu- dents who receive financial aid. Any decrease in federal aid will affect enrollment at Catholic , McGuire.'It I just do mentS to some other For loss in fi other She sion co Bishop's s The following activities and events schedule of Bishop Gerald A. Gette are local Wants information on financial impact To the editor:, garding the equally important With regard to your article on the Diocesan Medical Insur- ance Policy proposal in the February 10, 1995 issue, I un- derstand the important social justice issue at hand. I had ex- pected a follow up article re- economic issue. Please address the economic aspects of the Medical Insur- ance proposal in your article on the subject. Robert E. Graham III Washington,Indiana ( i;